When each of us became Christians, we repented of our sins. That is, we asked God to forgive our sin in Jesus' name.
At that very moment, we put our hope in Jesus Christ and trusted Him to save us from sin and the power of darkness, of Satan. We made a confession of our hope, our belief in God and determined to live by His word as found in the Holy Bible. Hebrews 10:23 says: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."
Saint Peter tells us in 1st Peter 1:3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy. He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
How does one prepare to "live our lives in hope?" In 1st Peter 1:13a, the Bible tells us "to prepare our minds for action," that is to be mentally ready to face life, to know how to live in a way that is pleasing to God. To be ready and able to guard our minds against the temptations of Satan.
When bad thoughts enter my mind, I immediately begin to recite Bible verses and ask the Holy Spirit to keep me from evil and keep Satan out of my mind. In 1st Peter 1:13B, He tells us to be "sober-minded." I think this means to have a clear mind, to think clearly.
The use of alcohol causes one to be fuzzy-minded, to be dumbed-down and not able to think clearly, or act right. It can cause one to have poor judgment and be unable to be in complete control of one's actions. I always want to be in control of my thinking and my actions.
In 1st Peter 1-13C, Peter says for us to "set our hope fully on the grace that will be brought to us at the revolution of Jesus Christ." We are to be motivated by God's grace, His great love for each of us and His promise to bring us to heaven to be with Him forever, when we die.
We should never lose hope, and firmly believe He will keep His promise, for He is faithful. We must keep our eyes on Jesus and live by his example.
One of the temptations that befall most new Christians, and mature one's alike, is to return to our former ways of life before we were saved. First Peter 1:14 says, "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance."
As new Christians, we may have to make new friends and be sure we break away from our old lifestyles. In 1st Peter 1:15-16, St. Peter advises, "but as He who called you is Holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, 'you shall be holy, for I am holy.'"
We must have a passion for God and His Holiness, and seek to live our lives just as Jesus taught us. We must have a great respect for God.
My friend, if you are reading this article and are not a Christian, please determine to become a believer today!
All you must do is believe in God through Jesus Christ and pray. Ask Him for forgiveness of your sins. I pray you will!